Does drinking the wifes’ milk affect the marriage

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I want to ask that if a man sucks her wife’s breast in intercourse & drops of her milk comes in his mouth so will it effect on the nikah?

In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.

Answer

The injunctions that relate to suckling such as the prohibition of marriage and the removal of Hijab rules will only apply when this suckling takes place within the first two and a half years of a child’s age. If a grown man was to drink the milk of a woman, then this will have no implications.

Allah (SWA) in the Holy Quran has said

“And mothers suckle their children full two years; it is for one who wants to complete the (period of) suckling.”   (Surah Baqarah v.233)

From the above verse we can deduce that the total time given for suckling is for two lunar years after which suckling should not be done.  However, on the basis of some verses of the Holy Quran and reports from the ahadith, Imam Abu Hanifah (RA) ruled that if it was carried on over a period of 30 months all the legal effects of suckling should be applicable.  But breast-feeding a child after completing 30 months is unanimously haraam.  (Maariful Quran p.603 v.1)

The cause that establishes fostering (radhaah) is the hardening of bones and growth of flesh and this takes place within 24 to 30 months whether the milk is drunk either by suckling on the breast or from a bottle.  (Hidayah p.351 v.2)

The conclusion we can come to is that if a husband was to drink milk from his wife’s breast then it would not affect the validity of the marriage, although, the action of the husband would be considered unlawful.  (Raddul Muhtar p.421 v.4)

Only Allah Knows Best

Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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